So, this year my daughter's new teacher is advocating an online study program for homework. This I am NOT in favour of. Nothing is better than face-to-face instruction. As a teacher of many years, both Primary and Secondary education, I have found certain resources helpful and decided to purchase copies for home use. Then I thought I'd share them with you!
My daughter is in year 4. Lots of literacy books are either boring or visually overwhelming and confusing. This book does lots of things simultaneously:
- Extending vocabulary
- Improving comprehension skills
- improving spelling knowledge and practical use of words
- Improving skills of inference (reading between the lines) and interpretation of text
- Improving self-directed work
- Improving focus and motivation
- A wide variety of topics, including history, science, biography and fictional stories are covered.
It's Reading Freedom book 3
I bought it here:
SPELLING workbook for year 5 -
- phonics based spelling
- vocabulary development
- prefixes, suffixes, base words
- contracted words
I'll admit, Maths has never been my strong suit. So when I'm looking for an appropriate Maths textbook I consult my Maths Teacher husband. Easy!
The features of this book that make it stand out from the rest are:
- Its simple layout
- Not too many bright confusing images and colours
- ONE TOPIC PER PAGE. I get so fed up with current textbooks that give just a snippet of every topic on the one page. This goes against everything we know about Mastery Learning!
- Sequential format
- Plenty of opportunities to practice the skills learned
- Instruction box at the top of each page shows you HOW to complete the exercises
- Practical applications for what you just learned are at the bottom of each page.
If you have any questions, I am happy to answer. Just leave a comment below.